It’s lonely at the top: The Sun and the Moon in the backdrop were symbolic of President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s pledge in his swearing in speech on Friday. The President is seen on top of the steps of the Presidential Secretariat just before he came down to greet the special invitees after his inauguaration speech. Pic by Gemunu Wellage.

Pay hike of Rs 2,500 expected

A wage rise of Rs. 2,500 for the state sector in two stages of Rs. 1,300 and Rs. 1,200 is expected to be a highlight of the budget that President Mahinda Rajapaksa will present in Parliament tomorrow as Minister of Finance.

ICRC told to leave North

The Government has told the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) to shut down its operations in the Northern Province, a spokesperson said yesterday.“

Electricity rates up from January
Pope ordains Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith
No arrests a week after JVP was attacked in Jaffna
Pakistan skipper out on bail
Over 5,000 pass Korean language test
‘Paradise lost’ on arrival
US report highlights threat to Maha Sangha on SF issue
Unpaid Letchumi ‘pricked’ into abandoning ME job
Mahadanamutta to dance to traditional Indonesian and Lankan rhythms
A mix of Sri Lankan and Indonesian performing arts traditions, Ruukada Golek will be a novel theatrical experience for the Lankan audience when puppetry artistes and musicians from Sri Lanka and Indonesia appear on a common platform on November 28 at the Indonesian Embassy to present the show.
Mark Mobius' Templeton invests in Laugfs
Global investor and emerging markets fund manager, Mark Mobius has invested in the recently concluded Laugfs Gas Ltd Rs 2.5 billion Initial Public offering (IPO) stockbrokers said, signaling possibly his Templeton fund’s second major foray into Sri Lanka. Earlier Mr. Mobius, in an interview with Business Times in November 2009, had said he would adopt a ‘wait and see’ policy in view of presidential/parliamentary elections and.
Is Obama losing Iraq?
The Obama administration's Iraq policy is in chaos. Seven months after Iraq's national elections, the United States has publicly denied taking sides in the wrangling over who will be prime minister. Privately, however, the US is backing the incumbent.
Australia changes the points scheme of GSM
We have received the most dramatic change of all times in Australian migration programme. Change of points test was announced a few days ago and this is still very new yet hard to absorb as it is not the most fantastic news for Sri Lankans.

A trip into unknown territory
Come Tuesday both the Lankans and the Windies will tread to the R. Premadasa Cricket Stadium to engage themselves in the Second Test. Just a minute, you have not entered the Coliseum in Rome, this is just the final preparation of a 2011 World Cup venue.

Global vision and Lanka's ground realities

Now that the party is over, the prospects of a long and gruelling road towards economic prosperity for a somewhat impoverished though not entirely poverty-stricken nation lie ahead. Legitimate questions have been raised about the expenses incurred for the inauguration of the President's second term.

'Rise, Lanka rise; to your full grandeur' -- Political Column
The unprecedented political events culminating in the swearing-in of Percy Mahinda Rajapaksa for a second term as the President of Sri Lanka were not only contemporary history, but some were also sure additions to the Guinness Book of Records or Ripley's Believe it or Not.
Development or democratic freedoms -- Focus on Rights

Coronation euphoria, as one wag neatly termed it last week, has certainly gripped the less discerning among us. Erstwhile grumblers have now lapsed into what is commonly termed as the ‘if you cannot beat them you must join them’ mode. This most astounding transformation of a flawed but nevertheless functional democracy into a virtual monarchy has taken place with scarcely the proverbial whimper.

An impossibly distinguished gentleman

Fittingly, it featured a ‘jaj’ named Weeramantry who was called upon to settle a dispute that was the source of great rancour between two fairies and which had then forced all fairies to take sides, dividing the community. Unfortunately,

H. Don Carolis & Sons completes 150 years
The colonial era saw commercial firms being established by British businessmen who saw opportunities in Sri Lanka – then known as Ceylon. These opportunities arose with the expansion of the plantation sector – first coffee followed by tea and rubber.


Power of Needles
It’s all about needles being used in treating not just a symptom but the root-cause as well, ultimately bringing about holistic healing.


Pay hike of Rs 2,500 expected
ICRC told to leave North
Electricity rates up from January
Cross current
Tender benders at CPC
Pope ordains Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith
Prelate accuses politicians of using religious programme for their ends
No arrests a week after JVP was attacked in Jaffna
Police try new approach to nab porn actors
Pakistan skipper out on bail
Over 5,000 pass Korean language test
CID in Matale to probe vandalism charge
‘Paradise lost’ on arrival
60,000 families face eviction to make way for city development projects
No likely return on deposits nor of ‘debtors’
Five-member committee to examine flood damage claims
US report highlights threat to Maha Sangha on SF issue
Criminals with drugs-related problems to be kept separate
Unpaid Letchumi ‘pricked’ into abandoning ME job
Sex education handbook in courts tomorrow
Launching an era of development
Key Divisional Commander at final stages of war gives evidence
Vanquished no less equal to the victor
BOI’s slip is showing
New dawn for an astute and affable leader
Political Column
'Rise, Lanka rise; to your full grandeur'
5th Column
Run with the hare and hunt with the hounds!
The Economic Analysis
Budget 2011 critical for second term achievements
Not issued with this week
Focus on Rights
Development or democratic freedoms
Talk at the Cafe Spectator
The night caller said: Go home!
From the Sidelines
Media in the dock – ‘Innocence of the pen questioned’
  Times 2
Royal wedding: What makes a great one?
Ending human trafficking: Long way to go
NATO seeks missile defence agreement with Russia
Britain's Prince Charles hints at 'Queen Camilla'
War hero dog mistakenly put to sleep in Arizona
Poison gas fears stall New Zealand mine rescue
Indian PM defends himself over 40 bln dlr telecom scam
Obama would be in 'good shape' against Palin: Biden
President John F Kennedy and the art of dirty politics
Angry Indians take anti-corruption fight online
Century after death, Tolstoy sidelined in modern Russia
Guide pony helps blind woman go to US college
Saudi faces daunting task of post-Hajj cleanup
Is Obama losing Iraq?
  Business Times
Shangri -La objects to former Commercial property offer
Mark Mobius' Templeton invests in Laugfs
Softlogic forays into leisure with Moevenpick Hotels
Post-Budget seminars
Litro Gas in the market
Bringing back stability to the FCCISL: New President
First Euro biz delegation after GSP + loss
Will I continue as Prime Minister?
Comment -- Beware of the ‘hurrah’ boys
Feature - Tax issues - Current system not delivering needed revenue
Sri Lanka's sovereign rating upgraded by one notch
Garment buyers urge early dialogue on restoration of GSP +
MCB Bank launches online banking
Million-rupee seasonal promotion at Bandaranaike airport departure lounge
Dialog Enterprise connects London Stock Exchange to Sri Lanka
Fear to fail? What if it is the precursor to success?
Everyone’s a graduate but no one has a job
South Asian summit creates dialogue for young economists
Enhancing harmony and team spirit among budding South Asian economists
GSK produces one billion Diskus device
Tenaga to introduce third generation vehicle parking
Lankem Paints awarded ISO 9001:2008
Letter - Creation of new company will only help Kotelawala/GK directors
Encourage home manufacturing to cut imports: proposal from an importer
Going down memory lane with Motha jellies
Sri Lankan apparel exporters at an advantage:Ambassador
Motor vehicle registrations up to 30,000 in three months
Lankan Buddhist Business Forum stresses need to follow Buddhist principles in doing business
Delship Services official recruiting agent of Omani event
Etislat signs up as 2011 telecom partner for
Ethical fashion symposium at the Sri Lanka Design Festival
Sri Lankan company changes the shape of tea
Playing ‘draughts’ with rubber, coconut and oil palm
Exclusive cash vouchers from Jetwing Hotels
12,000 IT professionals to date from SLIIT
Lanka IOC chairman meets top Govt. officials
Browns Group bullish on real estate/power and other ‘sunshine’ industries
Overseas Realty Rights issue fully subscribed
LOLC says exceptional results in 1st half year
Alumex deal gets RWN for Hayleys from Fitch
Singer Sri Lanka sees profits surge in 3rd Q
SEC grants ‘breathing space’ for stockbrokers
Global vision and Lanka's ground realities
A trip into unknown territory
Vaas concerned about Lanka’s fast bowling
Merc sevens was good show
It wasn’t the ideal start!
SLC eyeing sponsors for Tier ‘A’ teams
England women looking to clinch T20 series
Remembering Bernard Atwell-The self made Athlete
A hoard of cricket in his brain
Lankans fielding a balanced side
How is that?
Manju Wanniarachchi’s lawyer decides to go legal
Nalanda Squash tourney set for December
New site looks to reel in more rowers
Kevin’s quick fire ton highlight at Maradana
Bradford College UK offers wide range of study Courses
My memories of Wycherley
Edhat International launched in Sri Lanka
Lucia's pathway to studying Business in Australia
Do you like to pursue a lucrative career in an exclusive industry?
Creating Leaders to face future challenges
The best qualification to help succeed in your careers
IIHS produces another batch of caring professionals
Lean Supply Chain
Sam's Place - takes to the waterways
Blake Hall College, UK: Spot Admission for Jan / Feb 2011
Australia changes the points scheme of GSM
Study at a top 10 London University in 2011 assisted by Edlocate
Business, Human Resources,Hotel & Tourism MANAGEMENT
First Annual Convocation of Gateway Graduate School
Funday Times
H. Don Carolis & Sons completes 150 years
Canada 1763 - 1913 -- World History
Books -- Poem for the week
Kids World
Pools of water on the road
Legend of the Pony’s Tears

An impossibly distinguished gentleman
How many more floods before something’s done?
Letters to the Editor
When “Madame-Sir” made it in a male world
Tough going
Uda Walawe: Flaunting laws and fuelling human-elephant conflict
A toast to Lionel Wendt
Zonta @ 91: Much to celebrate
Kushini’s crazy cuts and colours
The heat is on: Smokie will soon be here
The wandering monk completes 35 years in robes
End of Vas and the accompanying meritorious deeds
Samanalayaya 2010 takes flight!
Those Saturdays playing the piano and painting at Sita’s
A fresh look through the lens
Crime-busting with pollen!
Just wars, just pieces, just doing the grand
All info and no leisure makes ‘Nimal’ a dull boy
People and events
Magazine Articles
Design spectacular
Mahadanamutta to dance to traditional Indonesian and Lankan rhythms
More of the stars at GLF
magazine -- Cover of the week
Mirror Magazine Articles
Nurturing young sounds
More than just a red ribbon
Open user interaction with
South Asian Undergraduates’ Economic Summit on Nov 29
Deep dive into Andriod
TV Times Articles
The Rock : Culinary party on the beach
No show on Friday
‘Rupavahini News’: Now Responsible reporting
MACO awards at GOH
Ethen’s attempt at mercy killing
Medi Scene
Power of Needles
There’s two in your tummy
Green is good for you
Welisara showing the way in thoracoscopic operations
Ladies, stressful jobs can bring on heart attacks
Uncomfortable facts about perianal pain
Pile on some pounds the right way


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